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8 Killed in Off-Road Vehicle Race

Eight people were killed when an off road truck competing in a race in the California desert crashed into the crowd.

The California 200 race was supposed to run into the night in the Mojave Desert. about 100 miles from Los Angeles.

Video captured Saturday night shows the off road truck right before and after it sailed over a jump and careened into the crowd.

"As soon as he cleared the jump you just saw the truck roll over and roll over people. It was too quick to see anything but you just see the truck roll over everybody,” said witness Brittany Vlok.

Right after the crash, the graphic video shows a chaotic scene-- frantic spectators rushing to the victims, their bodies scattered around the truck.

Hours later, the flashing lights of emergency vehicles lit up the desert sky.
It took helicopters, ambulances and police more than a half hour to reach the remote location of the race.

At least eight people were killed; a dozen others were injured, including Mike Clark who dislocated his elbow. He lost two of his friends.
"I'm just confused...and sad,” said Clark.

The accident happened at the very beginning of the 200 mile race in which off road vehicles take jumps at speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

There were no barriers set up along the course for protection. That's often the case at races like these. Some say that needs to change.

"There need to be safety barriers to make sure every precaution is taken,” added Vlok

The driver of the truck was not hurt.

A highway patrol officer says he was forced to run from the accident because the crowd was so angry.

Seven of the victims were in their 20s.


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